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Old 5th March 2010, 11:50   #46
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Get a car for cheap. Backaches are really problematic and very painful.
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Old 5th March 2010, 12:06   #47
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Frankly Speaking, if its compfort that you seek, then get the HH bikes(Hunk & Xtreme & also Honda Unicorn) as they are only ones around with 18 inch wheel which lets you sit comfortably unlike the 17inch wheel bikes

The GS150 R is also supposed to be comfortable bike with some cool gadgets (missing in other 3), the only issue is you need to check how is sales & service of Suzuki in your city.

Usually Chennai has been a strong hold of Suzuki thanks to TVS.

Apart from that you can check out following threads as well

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Old 5th March 2010, 17:31   #48
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Get a car for cheap. Backaches are really problematic and very painful.
Actually I am contemplating that. But the practicality of the bike vs the car is undeniable.

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.get the HH bikes(Hunk & Xtreme & also Honda Unicorn) as they are only ones around with 18 inch wheel which lets you sit comfortably unlike the 17inch wheel bikes
Didn't know the 18in wheel thing, thanks.

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But if you are looking for change then Unicorn would be best IMO
Yup, that's what it looks like.

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what I would recommend is either a Tourer or a cruiser.
The Avenger is not practical for me because it's too difficult to maneuver. the Karizma I will test ride for sure.

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Be careful of the the Suzuki Gsr , there are widespread rusting in tanks and other parts even for few week old vehicles . Owners also complain of poor breaks and headlights . i would recommend the Unicorn or CBZ for comfort for your height .
Yup, I,m going to give the Suzuki a miss. Unfortunate, because I'm sure the 6th gear will be very handy when doing speeds of 80kmph.

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And why not a bullet?
Had a Machismo 350 AVL 5speed till about 2 years ago. Too much on maintenance and if I have to buy one now, I have to spend a lakh!

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I am assuming by comfort you would like to have a soft jerk free ride with a easy driving posture.

I happen to own a unicorn am surprised to see others recommend it to you. The unicorns monoshock is setup for good handling and road feedback. Thats why it surprised many auto jornos with its quick times in the test track.

The downside is the ride is quite hard at lower commuting speeds. Your back will feel all the small bumps and dips on the road. I found much smaller bikes like platina and star city to be more comfortable as they have soft suspensions. Since I am a feather weight ( 58 kg) the problem is accentuated. The ride improves marginally with a pillion.

My suggestion would be that you test ride the bikes on the market other then the sporty ones ( apache, recent pulsars ) and decide for you self. Ideally the avenger would be a good choice , provided it has a soft suspension setup.
I'm surprised because I have always had the impression that the Unicorn has the best ride. Maybe my 100kg+ weight helped matters.

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You can also consider the Apache RTR160/ 180 ,
The Apache is too sporty, I have ruled it out.

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GS150 is good, and has a great road presence.
Heard that there are problems/niggles. Which is a shame.

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i would suggest either the karizma or the avenger.
I'm TDing the Karizma for sure

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How about Scooters, wouldn't they be more comfy ?
Comfy yes, we have an Activa and an Aviator. But I dont feel comfortable doing 50+kms in a day in one.
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Old 11th March 2010, 10:52   #49
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So the best bike hands down would be a Karizma , its the best tourer/city bike combo, and excellent for you.
See the Royal Enfield range too, excellent if you can live with the outdated tech and vibes .
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Hulk or GS150 or Unicorn
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After reading your requirements again I agree with Rahul that Karizma is the best option. If thats expensive then next obvious choice would be Hunk.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.

The search has been narrowed down to:
1. Karizma (I'm going to try to get a 2nd hand one if I can)
2. Unicorn (waiting for the new version Unicorn, seems to be due in a few days)
3. Hunk (or CBZ extreme?)
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Hey Proxima,

Why dont you look at the new tvs Jive, Looks fairly neat, alloys and rotary gears might help in traffic more so for your needs.

Cheers,

Srinivas
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After reading your requirements again I agree with Rahul that Karizma is the best option. If thats expensive then next obvious choice would be Hunk.
spoiling you with choices--
Honda Unicorn
Yamaha Gladiator
Suzuki GS150

test ride and see which is more comfy
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